Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Today -100: July 2, 1914: There are still people who feel and think as I do!


More anti-Serb rioting in Bosnia.

Headline of the Day -100 (L.A. Times): “Prinzip Exults in His Guilt.” Gavrilo Princip tells a court that after reading anarchist literature, he’d become convinced that there was no finer calling than to be an assassin. He lies that he had nothing to do with the other plots that day; when he heard the bomb go off, “I exclaimed, ‘There are still people who feel and think as I do!’ This strengthened my resolve still further.”

The bill to amend the Home Rule Bill has reached the House of Lords, although the Home Rule Bill still hasn’t passed the Lords. The Tories intend to pass some version of the amending bill, but not the bill it amends. I guess that makes sense to Lord Lansdowne, leader of the Unionist Party in the Lords, who thinks the maneuver could create a breathing space that might prevent a civil war.

Leopold Wölfling, eldest son of Ferdinand IV, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who renounced his title as Archduke of Austria in 1902 in order to marry, and who was then banished from Austria, taking Swiss citizenship, is being sued by his now ex-wife for an increase in her alimony from $80 a month to $200. He tells the court that she was originally a servant (actually, she was a prostitute) and “ought to be content to live in that station of life.” He divorced her after she joined a vegetarian nudist colony.

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